Freedom New Mexico
I n uglier days, college admissions boards based their decisions on race. Friday, a panel of federal judges turned us back in that direction.
Thanks to an activist panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Detroit, which ruled 2-1, the admissions boards of public universities and colleges within the 6th Circuit will be able to admit prospective students on the basis of race, gender, color ethnicity or national origin. Admissions boards, composed of white men, could give preferential consideration to applicants who are white. Black admissions board members could give preferential admissions to black applicants.
The panel made its racist decision by striking down the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, most commonly known as Proposal 2. Arizona, California, Nebraska and Washington state have similar laws against racist admissions.
Michigan’s law was enacted by a vote of the people in 2006, with 58 percent supporting it. The law bans public institutions from giving “preferential treatment to groups or individuals based on their race, gender, color ethnicity or national origin for public employment, education, or contracting purposes.” It also prohibits public institutions “from discriminating against groups or individuals due to their gender, ethnicity, race, color or national origin.”
The law is nothing more, nothing less than prohibition against racist hiring and admission practices — meaning it bans decisions made primarily on a basis of race or other bizarre considerations. Decisions made primarily on a basis of race are the essence of racism.
Don’t take this wrong. Those who oppose Proposal 2, who praise Friday’s ruling, are not wannabe slave owners who are hell-bent on keeping minorities out of colleges. Most of them mean well. They want admissions boards to make decisions on a basis of race in order to ensure that increasing numbers of ethnic minorities get educated and hired.
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